JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Beginning Monday, the Duval County Office of Public Defender Matt Shirk will be moving to its new location near the new Duval County Courthouse.

The agency is relocating to the Jake Godbold City Hall Annex Building located at N. Laura Street, Downtown Jacksonville. The Office of the Public Defender has been located on N. Market Street since 1996.

?While our staff will face the inconvenience of a longer distance to the present Courthouse for the next six months, we are pleased to relieve City of Jacksonville taxpayers of the nearly $70,000 they pay each month to the private entity that owns our current office building,? Shirk said. ?It was a decision of our administration that we would aggressively work to save those public funds by relocating our office to 407 N. Laura Street as far in advance of the Courthouse move as possible.?

Though it is a state agency, Public Defender Offices in Florida per state statute, receive County funding for office space and other operations costs.

it is a state agency, Public Defender Offices in Florida per state statute, receive County funding for office space and other operations costs

Public Defender's and State Attorney Offices are often located in county courthouses or in close proximity for efficiency and convenience. The new PD Office will be three blocks from the new Duval County Courthouse slated to open next spring.